Registered Agency Profile: Leadwood Missouri Police Department

leadwood-police-departmentRegistered Agency Profile: Leadwood Missouri Police Department

Agency Donation Effort Contact: Officer Callaway

Link: Facebook Page 

Number of Officers: 9

Body Camera Goal: 9

Registration Statement:  Leadwood Officers are proud of what we do. We have a good rapport with our community and we take pride in that. We are a smaller town with six full-time officers and three part-time officers.

Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?

Officer Callaway: With all of the things happening around the world we decided that it would benefit our community and our officers to have a camera on every encounter. That way there is no doubt of what happened at the time of the incident.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Officer Callaway: We believe it will benefit our department by having everything that is being said and done on record. It will make the officers and public stay honest

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Officer Callaway: A reserve officer was recently accused of doing something that turned out to be false, had he had a camera to wear that would have went a lot smoother.

Does your department have guidelines for a body camera policy? If so, what would the policy be? When would officers be required to record, etc.?
Officer Callaway: We have put a policy into affect that every encounter, weather its traffic or dispatched, the camera is to be on.